The is a guide to the design of the movie, illustrating its creative development. It contains over 500 images, from the earliest pencil sketches and conceptual drawings to the paintings that shaped the look of the film. Most aspects of the film are covered, from locations and costumes to weaponry and creatures. As well as the wealth of artwork there are also photographs showing the realisation of the creative process and some stills from the film. In addition to considering all the elements that have made it into the film, this book also looks at ideas, proposals and posters that were ultimately rejected.
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Gary Russell is a freelance writer, magazine editor and author of nine novels. He has worked as an actor and currently co-runs an audio production company, Big Finish.Review:
"Compelling peeks at the creative process" U.S. News & World Report
"This beautiful, comprehensive volume would be in danger of demystifying the movie were [Peter] Jackson and company's achievements not so incredible that, even explained, they still seem downright otherworldly." Maxim Movies
"Fans of the cinematic version will not want to miss it, while artists and fans of Tolkien's work will treasure it as well." Deseret News
"A book that deserves to be on the shelf of any avid fan of the trilogy, as well as anyone who has an appreciation for art and color." Long Beach Union
"A detailed and fascinating look at the creative development of the film . . . This is one special book for fantasy lovers." 15MinutesMagazine.com
"This book is truly a fascinating peek into the fabulous world of movie making." Lebanon Daily Record
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